4 May 2022

Book review: Elena Knows by Claudia Piñeiro

From Nine To Noon, 10:35 am on 4 May 2022
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Melanie O'Loughlan of Lamplight Books in Auckland reviews Elena Knows by Claudia Piñeiro, translated from Spanish by Frances Riddle, published by Charco Press.

Saddled with advanced Parkinson’s, a fast-dwindling medication supply and only her steely resolve, Elena steadily makes her way across Buenos Aires in an attempt to unravel the murder of her daughter. With an ending that packs a worthy punch, and not a single glass of Malbec in sight, this is a thrilling glimpse of the Buenos Aires not mentioned in the guidebooks. Part mystery and all-round ripping read.